LAKE FOREST – It was just about a week ago when John Fox was careful not to double his starting quarterback’s ability to comeback faster than expected from injury.
But in a rough 2016 season, nothing is ordinary. Hence Jay Cutler has played his last football in 2016.
On Thursday Fox announced that Cutler will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and will miss the rest of the 2016 season. The quarterback missed last week’s game with the Titans because of the injury as Cutler and the team continued to evaluate it.
Injuries were a major part of the quarterback’s season as he missed five games early in the year with an injury to his right thumb. He returned for three games after that with the Bears posting a 1-2 record in those contests. It’s believed the injury occurred during the last of those games against the Giants in a 22-16 loss at Met Life Stadium.
Typical of his tenure in Chicago, Cutler’s performance on the field featured more lows than highs. In five games this season the quarterback completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 1,059 yards and four touchdowns compared to five interceptions. During his starts in 2016, the Bears were 1-5.
With the guaranteed money ending after this season, this may very well be the end of the Jay Cutler era in Chicago. Starting in 2009 after a trade with the Broncos, the Bears are 51-51 when Cutler is under center with one playoff appearance in 2010. In that season, the Bears won the NFC North division title and advanced to the NFC Championship game where Cutler was injured in a 21-14 loss to the Packers.
In eight years Cutler has completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 23,443 yards with 154 touchdowns compared to 109 interceptions.